SAD is the acronym used when describing the way in which the majority of Americans have chosen to fill their plates. Unfortunately, the STANDARD AMERICAN DIET has gotten the majority of the American population in deep trouble. The rate of obesity is on the rise along with the rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure.
What exactly does the SAD look like?
* Consists of excess sodium, excess saturated fat, refined grains
* Highly processed foods are major contributors of sodium in the SAD because salt is commonly added to preserve foods and extend shelf life.
* High in calories from solid fats and added sugars
* Added sugar is not only found in processed sweets but also in bread, jarred pasta sauces and cereal. BE A LABEL READER
* LOW in vegetables, fruits, whole grains
* Grocery stores make it clear why most Americans are victims of the SAD
* Nutritious foods like fruits, vegetable, and lean meats are often more expensive than packaged foods.
* Packaged foods tend to contain higher amounts of sodium, refined grains, sugar, and an abundance of unhealthy oils.
* Sugar, fats, and sodium in highly processed foods contribute to over-consumption
* The SAD is generally LOW in essential nutrients compared with whole or minimally processed foods
* Dietary fiber is low in SAD. Most ultra-processed foods are very low in fiber, as natural fiber is lost during processing.
* Confusion about CARBS!!!
* Processed food falls on a spectrum from minimally to heavily processed
Carbs play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet. Pick carbs that are filled with fiber and/or protein, vitamins and minerals, and reduce those lacking nutrients. Carbs from whole foods provide far greater health benefits than refined carbs.
Stick to minimally processed foods!
Heavily processed foods include crackers, deli meat, pre-made meals including frozen pizza and microwave dinners.
Minimally processed foods include bagged greens, cut up vegetable, roasted nuts. Foods processed at their peak lock in nutritional quality and freshness include canned tomatoes, frozen fruit and vegetables. These can help you eat more nutrient-dense foods.
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Victory Nutrition/ CFX Morris